This detox retreat is made for you, especially if health issues
have been stopping you from living your best life.
You have a goal that you want to achieve, a role that you need to play, or a responsibility that you need to fulfil. Yet, you don't have the energy or mental capacity to handle that, sustainably.
Even worse, a disease plaguing your body which prevents you from performing at all.
For more than 10 years of clinical practice as a Naturopath and Ayurvedic Practitioner, I've constantly witnessed the struggle that my clients experience to move out of their health issues.
In Ayurveda there are two paths to moving out of health issues and ending the struggle:
Practices which can be done at home and gently encourage the balance of the body over time (Shamana).
Practices which need to be done under supervision and quickly pull the disease-causing properties from the body (Shodhana).
For stubborn imbalances, both processes are often needed, yet only Shodhana can pull the dosha (body defects) by their roots and provide quick recovery.
Even though these programs can provide great benefit, I often see resistance.
These are the three core issues often holding people back:
Now, this page will answer all that and more: a detox process which has been proven for thousands of years and still used today; the science on why it is so individualised and the best for you; and the results of specific people experiencing the most used and successful detox system in the world.
The Ayurvedic understanding of the world and disease includes cyclical laws of the universe. These same cycles create the disease process from initiation to manifestation. The first of these is an initiatory cycle known as Vata. Vata is related to the beginning of all acts of creation, including the creation of disease.
This understanding from Ayurvedic medicine enlightens us to the fact that when we experience more Vata type aspects of life, such as those that are present in a detox process, we can initiate strong disease-promoting processes in our bodily tissues.
This Vata, then influences the controlling forces of the body through the nervous system and the long-term disease process may not play out for years to come, as the cycle of the disease comes to fruition.
Examples of these Vata type disease influences are loss, separation, fear, pain, deficiency, cold, dry, change, or virtually anything that aggravates the nervous system.
As detox is a process of loss and separation where we forcefully promote the body’s evacuation channels, it can also strongly aggravate Vata. In the long run, it can create diseases in the functional and controlling forces of the body.
It is therefore essential that your chosen detox program takes measures to reduce and balance Vata first. Preparing the body for the removal processes which are going to increase Vata.
It is important to note that many detox systems either don’t go far enough or go way too far in one area. Often they focus on the elimination of toxins far and above restoring the balanced functional principles of the body, which should always be our highest focus.
After all, it’s usually an imbalance of these functional principles that created the toxin build up in the first place.
Think of this week-long retreat as a vitality re-booter. During Vitality Now, we'll help you to install new positive programs. These new programs will empower your health and relational success to spread through your life for the long run.
The environment that we live in, whether we like it or not, contributes highly to our health and mind-state.
Which is why, our chosen venue must have what it takes to support the detoxification process:
Close to nature: as it helps to invoke more harmony (sattva) into our life.
Peaceful and away from disturbing noise: to avoid further imbalances that are caused by excessive stimulation to the body. Ideally your body's senses are minimally used and maximally rested.
Organic food: Much of the food for Vitality Now Retreat comes from the local farmers and is free of chemicals.
Forest fresh air: gentle walks through the negative-ion rich jungle enhance the detox process and energise the cells.
Alkaline mineralised water: all medicinal teas and foods are cooked in alkaline water, filtered by the best water filtration system I could find.
Away from mundane distractions: to fully immerse in the retreat and detoxify from our life habits.
And Alaya Verde, my parents' property, ticked all of the above.
Nestled among secluded native subtropic 42 acres forest, Alaya Verde is the idyllic place for inward journey, and letting go of the old.
“Kimmana has a wide and extensive knowledge on detox and wellness. Vitality Now Detox Retreat was individualised to my needs and the needs of others.”
Lynne Hogg, Yoga Teacher, Australia
“I love the gentle approach at Vitality Now Detox Retreat to turning my health around through a combination of Ayurvedic practices, Kimmana’s education and guidance, and a supportive group of like-minded people.”
Andrea Blundell, Australia
“I felt really great after Vitality Now Detox Retreat! My skin was really clear and glowy.”
Mandy Cousens, Australia
“The care, the attention to detail, the people, the education, the food and the divine spirit is everything that I valued from it. And it was FUN too!”
Amanda Hogg, Singer, Australia
You might be surprised on general cost of Ayurvedic Detox compared to other detoxes.
As someone who understands the intricacy of Ayurvedic Detox, I'd say that these four factors contribute to making the cost higher:
Herbs: Potent substances are one of the key treatments in Ayurveda, herbs included. That's why herbal intake is part of your detox program. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to have a local organic supplier of the necessary Ayurvedic herbs. Besides food and fresh herbs which are produced on-site, many specific herbs need to be imported from India which increases cost of materials.
On-site doctor: This is probably one of the most important factors that enables Ayurvedic Detox to operate at a deeper level. The daily check-in (in our case, twice a day check in) with the Ayurvedic practitioner is a way to make sure that you'll get the most out of the detox process.
Accommodation: All participants need to be on site so that a doctor be nearby to fine tune the process and adjust if complications arise.
Massages and more: Loads of it (ideally every day), and performed using a medicated oil. This medicated oil takes so long to make, and often also uses expensive herbs. Even in the country that it's made this medicated oil is considered expensive.
I've personally received so much benefits from Ayurvedic detox, and wished that more people can take advantage of its positive impact.
It became my mission to create an Ayurvedic Detox Program which was more affordable and accessible for people in need.
As such Vitality Now can be tailored to your budget and is one of the most affordable Ayurvedic Detox Programs outside India. From a thorough self-administered base program, to a luxurious and pampered experience, the choice is yours.
While most Ayurvedic detoxes are an all-inclusive program, I created a base detox program that's gentle with an emphasis on restoring digestive power and vitality for life. There are extra options available to increase detoxification, deepen relaxation, and specified bodywork treatments once you have had your pre-detox consultation with me.
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Nasya and facial massage
Chi Nei Tsang (taoist detox belly massage)
Lymphatic Drainage massage
Basti (individualised colonics)
Relaxing aromatherapy massage
Post detox treatment focused consultation
The basic accommodation for the Vitality Now Retreat is camping onsite. This allows natural connections with the environment and also removes you from electronic pollutions, giving your body greater exposure to the earth’s resonant field.
You're welcome to bring your own tent or camper van, no extra cost for that. But if you need us to supply a tent and bedding, there'll be an extra of AUD 140 per person for the week.
For individuals wishing not to camp, the available accommodation selection at ‘Alaya Verde’ consists of two luxury private pavilion en-suite rooms, each with a clean contemporary style, and private open patios overlooking the properties extensive grounds and forests.
The ‘Gold Room‘ has a king bed and can accommodate an individual or a couple attending the retreat. The ‘Blue Room‘ can be configured either as a king bed, or as two king single beds and is appropriate for an individual, two friends (each occupying a king single bed) or a couple attending the retreat.
The room rates are as follows and are quoted on a ‘per person per night’ (pppn) basis. These rates are heavily discounted and only apply to guests attending the ‘Vitality Now Retreat‘.
As a couple or sharing with a friend $75 pppn
Single occupancy $125 pppn
My weight transformation.
"I never knew what a healthy state really felt like until I did several of Kimmana's Vitality Now Detox Programs.
I had acne here and there; I felt tired after meals and in the afternoon; my weight increased (even though it doesn't reach obesity, in the past my weight always stayed the same); I had bad cravings for sweets; my taste buds weren't sensitive; I had cramps and pain during my menstrual cycle; and I could only have bowel movement after I ate laxative or chili.
I thought my health state was fine since everyone around me was facing similar things. Until I did my first Vitality Now and realised how many toxins that my body stored all of these years.
I need to be honest that the process of Ayurvedic Detoxification wasn't pleasant at all. Toxins came up from my bump through Ayurvedic colonics, some were thrown up, special herbal oil inserted into my nose to clear out the toxin (mucus) from my sinus cavities, and surprisingly, I even cried a lot. I didn't realise how much mental and emotional baggage that I've been holding on that needed to be released.
The positive effects that it had on me is more than just what's seen physically: I reached my ideal weight; my skin clear up and glowy; no more painful menstrual cycle; better digestion and elimination (I now always go to the toilet every morning, at the same time); I feel much happier as I released toxic mental baggage; and most importantly, I have the energy to perform and do what I needed to do throughout the day sustainably.
If money and time align to support you to reach a better health and happiness state, there's no other program that I'd recommend you to do regularly each year than this.
Vitality Now Detox Retreat is a highly valuable investment for my well-being, where the effect can be seen and felt quickly right after the program and the long term."
~ Zia Nichols, Teacher and Entrepreneur
My skin transformation.
Q: Why is the Vitality Now program only 7 days? Don't most Ayurvedic detoxes recommend a period of 21 days?
A: Ayurveda often recommends a 21 day cleanse for a few reasons.
There is a preparation period before the intensive detox procedures to remove Ama (half-digested bi-products) from the body. If Ama is not properly removed then there is a higher chance of complications during the detox. With the Vitality Now program, Kimmana has an online consult with each individual well before the program begins to determine the levels of Ama. If Ama is high then a specific diet and medicines are recommended to reduce the Ama before arriving. This saves time and money because removing Ama has fewer side effects and can be easily done at home by most individuals.
The second stage of Ayurvedic detox involves flooding the fluid systems with oil. This needs to be supervised and is done in the presence of Kimmana during the first 2-5 days of the detox. The Charak Samhita, the bible of Ayurveda, states that this period should last at least 2 days and no more than 7 days, giving the Vitality Now program ample time for this process.
The third stage of Ayurvedic detox involves purging the body of the doshas and this must be supervised. Ayurveda recommends 5 channels which can be used for pulling the doshas out; nose, gallbladder, colon, stomach (vomiting) and bloodletting. Of these five, the Vitality Now program uses three; the nose, gallbladder and colon. These three are the safest of the five and have the least side effects. If the stomach (vomiting) pathway is chosen then more time is needed for preparation and post-procedure, yet this is not needed for the majority of people because it is used to pull excess Kapha from the body. If you already know that Kapha is the dosha you need to remove, then maybe the Vitality Now program is not the most suited to you. Best to email Kimmana personally if you think Kapha is part of the problem for your condition.
The fourth stage of Ayurvedic detox is known as Rasayana, and is not about detoxifying but building the body up again. This stage has very low side effects and rarely needs to be supervised. At the end of the program, Kimmana will recommend Rasayana options for everyone. These can be purchased and undertaken as you see fit. It is strongly advised that you DO NOT fly home straight after the 7 days together and instead spend some time relaxing, rejuvenating and receiving a tonifying massage. The time needed for this varies from person to person and can be booked at the same resort or a nearby location. As it no longer requires the full-time assistance of Kimmana, your options are more open. This flexibility is most beneficial for younger people, or those on a budget, yet everyone can receive benefits from having a more free and open Rasayana period.
Q: Can I stay at a different place during the program that can suit my preference?
A: Unfortunately, we're unable to have offsite participants during the program, because:
We start the day really early in the morning, close to the sunrise. And end the day right before going to bed (for an evening herbs). If you stay within the venue, it will be easier for you to move between your room and when you need to join the program (or private session), without the need to travel or plan the day. When people go through detoxification process, it's not uncommon for them to lose a sense of time and find it difficult to organise their day.
Excess movement or travel during the program will increase Vata. Hence, disturb the detoxification process. Even worse, it might create a serious side effect. Therefore, we're not recommending people to stay offsite during the program.
This event will only be held once a year. So make sure you don't miss out, especially because we also limit the numbers to ensure intimacy and high quality.
EARLY registration is highly advised, as our previous Vitality Now Detox Retreats are always sold out.
To inquire and register, please email us at detox[at]kimmana[dot]com, or drop your message below.
Wishing you health & prosperity,
Kimmana and Vitality Now Team